Dunbar delight for Hawick and Wilton

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Despite torrential rainfall, thunder and lighning on Friday afternoon, Hawick still travelled to Dunbar on Saturday in what turned out to be excellent conditions. After losing the toss, the visitors were put in to bat and father and son Gary and Ronan Alexander got off to a steady start, with Ronan hitting an early six to the legside boundary. They continued to build and increase the run rate, much to the hosts’ frustration, and got to the drinks break 76 without loss. The Alexanders were punishing anything loose with Ronan hitting another maximum before being caught for 37.

Allan Moffat and Pierce Solley were both bowled in quick succesion, after which skipper Phil Mactaggart joined Alexander at the crease as they began to pile more runs on the board, with the latter reaching his half-century. Mactaggart was taking advantage of the short bondaries but was bowled by Andrew Callow, who scored three Hawick wickets.

Stuart Hair joined Alexander as they looked set to steer Hawick towards 200, with Alexander making an excellent career-high 88. The Teries fell just short of 200, finishing up on 197 for seven, with Hair contributing 37 towards the end of the innings.

The Buccleuch Park men got off to an excellent start with the ball, Hair notching a wicket with the second delivery of the innings, before taking his second of the match and 34th wicket in all competitions as Wanless was dismissed leg before wicket.

Sharma and S. Callow brought Dunbar back into the match with a partnership that frustrated the visitors but the latter was caught by Phil Mactaggart off the bowling of Gary Alexander for 24. Sharma deserved a 50 after being wicketless with the ball but fell eight runs short with Solley claiming the wicket. Rob Duff made 20 before being caught on the boundary off Ronan Alexander, who then picked up his first ever wicket by a stumping.

Morgan Tait picked up two late wickets, with Evan Alexander taking his second catch in as many games as the hosts fell 38 runs short of their target in a pleasing performance from the Teries.